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You Deserve Privacy Online. Here’s How You Could Actually Get It | TIME
First, the right to have personal data minimized. Companies should challenge themselves to strip identifying information from customer data or avoid collecting it in the first place. Second, the right to knowledge—to know what data is being collected and why. Third, the right to access. Companies should make it easy for you to access, correct and delete your personal data. And fourth, the right to data security, without which trust is impossible.
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19 hours ago by leolaporte
Pandora launches a personalized voice assistant on iOS and Android | TechCrunch
Pandora works with  Siri Shortcuts, too. That means you can now use voice to launch the app itself, then play a personalized selection of music without having to touch your phone at all.
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3 days ago by leolaporte
Feds Can't Force You To Unlock Your iPhone With Finger Or Face, Judge Rules
But in a more significant part of the ruling, Judge Westmore declared that the government did not have the right, even with a warrant, to force suspects to incriminate themselves by unlocking their devices with their biological features. Previously, courts had decided biometric features, unlike passcodes, were not “testimonial.” That was because a suspect would have to willingly and verbally give up a passcode, which is not the case with biometrics. A password was therefore deemed testimony, but body parts were not, and so not granted Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination.
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3 days ago by leolaporte
Apple's 5G iPhone shift bogged down by Qualcomm chip battle - CNET
Qualcomm continues to provide Apple with chips for its older iPhones, including the iPhone 7 and 7 Plus, Apple COO Jeff Williams testified Monday during the US Federal Trade Commission's trial against Qualcomm. But it won't provide Apple with processors for the newest iPhones, designed since the two began fighting over patents, he said. And Williams believes the royalty rate Apple paid for using Qualcomm patents -- $7.50 per iPhone -- is too high. 
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3 days ago by leolaporte
German court throws out Qualcomm's latest patent case against Apple | Reuters
FRANKFURT (Reuters) - A patent lawsuit filed by Qualcomm Inc against Apple Inc was thrown out by a German court on Tuesday, in a reversal for the U.S. chipmaker after it won a recent court ban on the sale of some iPhones in the country.
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3 days ago by leolaporte
Netflix raising prices for 58M US subscribers as costs rise
This marks the fourth time that Netflix has raised its U.S. prices; the last hike came in late 2017 . But this is the first time that higher prices will hit all 58 million U.S. subscribers, the number Netflix reported at the end of September.

Previously, Netflix had continued to offer a basic, $8-a-month streaming plan while raising rates on more comprehensive plans with better video quality and options to watch simultaneously on different devices.

This time, the price for the cheapest plan is going up to $9 per month. A premium plan offering ultra-high definition will jump to $16 per month from $14.
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3 days ago by leolaporte
Daring Fireball: On Apple's $29 iPhone Battery Replacement Program and Its Role in Their Earnings Miss
I’m pretty sure Gassée’s back-of-the-envelope estimate of the number of batteries replaced was way too low. During Apple’s all-hands meeting January 3, Tim Cook said Apple replaced 11 million batteries under the $29 replacement program, and they’d have only anticipated about 1-2 million battery replacements normally. (The fact that Cook held this all-hands meeting was reported by Mark Gurman at Bloomberg, but the contents of the meeting haven’t leaked. Well, except for this nugget I’m sharing here.)
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3 days ago by leolaporte
Apple's famous walled garden starting to show cracks
The big one came from Samsung, one of Apple's major rivals. The Korean gadget maker announced at CES on Sunday that it would bring a new iTunes app to some models of Samsung TVs, meaning you'll be able to log into your Apple account on your Samsung TV and stream movies and TV shows from your iTunes library.
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5 days ago by leolaporte
Apple’s Errors – Stratechery by Ben Thompson
At the end I concluded that Apple’s next phone — what turned out to be the iPhone X — would return the company to growth in China, and so it did: Apple was up 11%, 21%, 19%, and 16% last fiscal year, after declining by double digits six of the previous eight quarters. The other half of that prediction, though, was that the next ‘S’ model, with only component upgrades in the same form factor, would struggle; that is exactly what appears to have happened.
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10 days ago by leolaporte
Qualcomm kicks off crucial fight with U.S. antitrust regulator | Reuters
If the government prevails in the 10-day, non-jury trial before U.S. District Judge Lucy Koh, in San Jose, California, Qualcomm could be forced to change its practices for licensing a trove of patents to manufacturers like iPhone maker Apple Inc (AAPL.O).
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13 days ago by leolaporte
Spectrum TV app for Apple TV released, here's how to use it - 9to5Mac
Spectrum today has officially released its new Apple TV application after rolling out support for Zero sign-on last month. The new Spectrum TV app allows subscribers to watch Spectrum content – live and on-demand – via their Apple TV.
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13 days ago by leolaporte
Apple’s Precarious and Pivotal 2019 – 500ish Words
The problem is that as good as the Services business is becoming for Apple, it’s unlikely to replace the iPhone as the key cog of Apple’s overall business anytime soon.³ And this means Apple is unlikely to grow as a whole anytime soon. Sure, there may be some quarters of growth here and there, but as this current situation makes clear, the era of unabated growth is over.
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13 days ago by leolaporte
Qualcomm Puts Aside $1.5B in Funds Required to Enforce iPhone Sales Ban in Germany - MacRumors
Qualcomm today announced that it has posted €1.34 billion in security bonds required for the chipmaker to be able to enforce a preliminary injunction on select iPhone models in Germany, after a court in the country found Apple to be infringing Qualcomm patents related to power savings technology used in smartphones.
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15 days ago by leolaporte
Apple’s iPhone Warning Comes Years Too Late - Bloomberg
But that wasn’t all. In an extraordinary letter to Apple investors, CEO Tim Cook also told stockholders what he should have been saying for years: The company’s iPhone business has shifted into a lower gear because of changes in the smartphone market and consumer behavior. This should have been absolutely predictable to anyone who was able to peer outside of Apple’s bubble. Executives have failed in their duty to warn investors ahead of time about all this, and reality is finally and all at once catching up to Apple.
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15 days ago by leolaporte
Questions on Apple (AAPL) Earnings Strategies After Outlook Cut - Bloomberg
If it weren’t for that darn trade war, Apple Inc. might just have squeaked through. In the three years or so since it became clear that global smartphone sales were slowing, Chief Executive Officer Tim Cook has deployed five key strategies to maintain earnings growth. After Wednesday’s cut to the sales outlook, it’s clear that only one has unquestionably succeeded.
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15 days ago by leolaporte
Will PWAs Replace Native Mobile Apps? : webdev
Not only does iOS miss the push notifications but also
No access to many iOS features (bluetooth, beacons, touch id, face id, altimeter sensor, speech recon)
halts execution if it gets switched to a background
wont keep state between session, it will show white screenshot
No access to in app payments and services
no web app banner to prompt the user to install it as a app (user needs to go to pwa url and manually press share and add to home screen)
browsers from apple store like chrome, firefox, edge cant use service workers
no splashscreen
display fullscreen and display minimal ui wont work
no lock orientation
no theme color status bar (you have to use deprecated meta tag)
most of the manifest color properties are ignored
doesnt support transparent icons for home screen
not taking the icons from the manifest file (takes from apple-touch-icon link)
limited to store 50mb of data, which deletes after some time
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17 days ago by leolaporte
The old guard of Mac indy apps has thrived for more than 25 years | Macworld
The one in the About box is a perennial favorite, but a remarkable number of folks don’t scroll down far enough to see it. (Or perhaps they’ve noticed it but assumed it was someone else.) There’s also one that shows up on April first, if you happen to be using one of the core non-editing features of BBEdit.
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17 days ago by leolaporte
Netflix stops paying the ‘Apple tax’ on its $853M in annual iOS revenue | TechCrunch
According to new data compiled by Sensor Tower, Netflix grossed $853 million in 2018 on the iOS App Store. Based on that figure, Apple’s take would have been around $256 million, the firm said.
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17 days ago by leolaporte
Global, U.S. Growth in Smartphone Growth Starts to Decline
With phones that are more reliable, have fewer changes every year, and are increasingly expensive, you should treat your phone like a car. If some jerk clips off your side-view mirror while you’re parked and doesn’t leave a note, you don’t trash your car and get a new one — you get a new side-view mirror. If you crack your phone’s screen, don’t get a new phone, get a new screen.
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Australia’s vague anti-encryption law sets a dangerous new precedent - ProtonMail Blog
The Assistance and Access (A&A) law requires tech companies to help law enforcement agencies break into individuals’ encrypted data. Using secret warrants, the government can even compel a company to serve malware remotely to the target’s device.
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Apple's sleep tracking company Beddit releases new '3.5' sleep monitor  - 9to5Mac
The new Beddit Sleep Monitor 3.5 retails for $149.95 and is currently available in Apple Stores and ships to customers in a few days. Withings (formerly Nokia Health) has a similar product that retails for $99 and currently sells for $79.99.

The first revision to the Beddit Sleep Monitor since Apple bought the sleep tracking company includes a slight design change to the actual hardware, and the iOS app for managing the sleep monitor has a new version as well. All mentions of Android support are also removed from the Beddit website as far as we can tell.
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Huawei Executive Took Part in Sanctions Fraud, Prosecutors Say - The New York Times
between 2009 and 2014, Huawei used a Hong Kong company, Skycom Tech, to make transactions in Iran and do business with telecom companies there, in violation of American sanctions. Banks in the United States cleared financial transactions for Huawei, inadvertently doing business with Skycom, he said.
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5 weeks ago by leolaporte
Apple says the iPhone XR has been its top-selling iPhone since launch - CNET
Greg Joswiak, Apple's vice president of product marketing, told CNET in an interview Wednesday that the device has "been our most popular iPhone each and every day since the day it became available." 
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7 weeks ago by leolaporte
Lack of in-built dust filters damages Macs, claims class action suit | Cult of Mac
“iMac and MacBook owners have reported dark smudges and spots on the interior of the screens of their desktop computers, as well as excessive slowness and break downs of their computers related to the lack of filter on Apple computers,” an overview of the apparent defect notes. “The computer intakes air to cool its components, but with no filter, dust gets trapped inside. This affects the screen and logic board of the computer, leading to dust stuck behind the screen and gummed up motherboards, causing the computer to run slow and/or overheat.”
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7 weeks ago by leolaporte
Exclusive: Logitech in talks to acquire headphone maker Plantronics - sources | Reuters
The deal would be by far Logitech’s largest acquisition and would illustrate the company’s push to diversify its business. It would come as Logitech and Plantronics seek to keep down manufacturing costs following the introduction of tariffs on imports from China into the United States.

Logitech has offered more than $2.2 billion to acquire Plantronics, one of the sources said. As of the end of trading on Friday, Plantronics had a market capitalization of about $2 billion.
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7 weeks ago by leolaporte
Apple to Hold Four Day Shopping Event Starting on Black Friday - MacRumors
Apple's deals have historically not been quite as good as discounts available from third-party retailers, so if you're shopping for something specific on Black Friday, it's best to take a look at all of the available deals at each retailer before making a decision.
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8 weeks ago by leolaporte
Apple Maps Collecting Pedestrian Data Starting in California, Likely to Improve Walking Directions - MacRumors
Apple has since confirmed that its Maps team will be collecting pedestrian data in California over the next month, starting with the counties of Alameda, Los Angeles, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Cruz, and Santa Clara, the last of which includes the likes of San Jose and Apple's hometown of Cupertino.
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8 weeks ago by leolaporte
Apple CEO Tim Cook calls new regulations "inevitable" - Axios
What he's saying: "Generally speaking, I am not a big fan of regulation," Cook said in the interview. "I'm a big believer in the free market. But we have to admit when the free market is not working. And it hasn't worked here. I think it's inevitable that there will be some level of regulation," Cook added. "I think the Congress and the administration at some point will pass something." 
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8 weeks ago by leolaporte
Apple Suppliers Suffer With Uncertainty Around iPhone Demand - WSJ
Lower-than-expected demand for Apple Inc.’s AAPL -3.81% new iPhones and the company’s decision to offer more models have created turmoil along its supply chain and made it harder for Apple to predict the number of components and phones it needs, people familiar with the situation said.
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8 weeks ago by leolaporte
Apple confirms its T2 security chip blocks some third-party repairs of new Macs - The Verge
The T2 is “a guillotine that [Apple is] holding over” product owners, iFixit CEO Kyle Wiens told The Verge over email. That’s because it’s the key to locking down Mac products by only allowing select replacement parts into the machine when they’ve come from an authorized source — a process that the T2 chip now checks for during post-repair reboot. “It’s very possible the goal is to exert more control over who can perform repairs by limiting access to parts,” Wiens said. “This could be an attempt to grab more market share from the independent repair providers. Or it could be a threat to keep their authorized network in line. We just don’t know.”
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9 weeks ago by leolaporte
Getting the iPad to Pro — by Craig Mod
Which is to say: For years now, the iPad’s shortcomings are all in iOS.

On a gut level, today’s iPad hardware feels about two or three years ahead of its software. Which is unfortunate, but not unfixable.
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9 weeks ago by leolaporte
Apple pumps up its Amazon listings with iPhones, iPads and more - CNET
The world's largest e-commerce company said Friday it'll soon start selling more Apple products directly and have access to Apple's latest devices, including the new iPad Pro, iPhone XR, iPhone XS, and Apple Watch Series 4, as well as Apple's lineup of Beats headphones. The Amazon-Apple deal encompasses the US, UK, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Japan and India, with the new products hitting Amazon sites in the coming weeks.

Only Apple-authorized resellers will now be allowed to sell Apple and Beats products on Amazon's marketplace
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10 weeks ago by leolaporte
Apple’s price hike strategy is paying off - The Verge
The increase suggests that Apple’s price hike strategy appears to be working; the trillion-dollar company introduced its first smartphone to cross the thousand-dollar starting price in 2017 with the 10th anniversary iPhone, and continued the trend of pricier phones this year with the $749 iPhone XR, $999 iPhone XS, and $1,099 iPhone XS Max. (It also discontinued its cheapest $399 iPhone SE after the announcement.)
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11 weeks ago by leolaporte
How Apple's acquisition talks with Leap Motion fell through — twice - Business Insider
"That's why the Apple thing didn't work out. David was like, 'I'm never going to go work for those guys, they're the devil,'" a person who worked for Leap Motion at the time said.
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11 weeks ago by leolaporte
Some Apple Watch users experiencing bricked devices after updating to watchOS 5.1 - 9to5Mac
A small number of users on Reddit, Twitter, and our own Guilherme Rambo are reporting that their Apple Watch has been bricked after updating to watchOS 5.1, getting stuck on the Apple logo. Restarting the Apple Watch and paired iPhone doesn’t seem to fix the issue and some users have been waiting several hours to no avail.
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11 weeks ago by leolaporte
Blackmagic Design launches new eGPU Pro with Radeon RX Vega 56 alongside new Macs - 9to5Mac
Alongside the brand new Mac mini and MacBook Air, Blackmagic Design has launched a new external graphics chassis with a faster Radeon RX Vega 64 inside. The Blackmagic eGPU Pro provides a significantly faster GPU than its non-‘pro’ predecessor, along with the addition of DisplayPort connectivity.
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11 weeks ago by leolaporte
Apple to Launch TV Subscription Service Globally — The Information
Apple is planning to launch its upcoming TV subscription service in more than 100 countries, three people familiar with the company’s plans told The Information. That would quickly make Apple a competitor with both Amazon and Netflix, both of whose video services are widely available internationally.
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12 weeks ago by leolaporte
Apple CEO Tim Cook Is Calling For Bloomberg To Retract Its Chinese Spy Chip Story
This is an extraordinary statement from Cook and Apple. The company has never previously publicly (though it may have done so privately) called for the retraction of a news story — even in cases where the stories have had major errors or were demonstratively false, such as a This American Life episode that was shown to be fabricated.
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october 2018 by leolaporte
Apple Invites Media to October 30th Event in New York City - Mac Rumors
Apple today sent out media invites for a second major 2018 event set to be held in New York City on Tuesday, October 30 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Howard Gilman Opera House.

Apple's October event, which will focus on products not introduced at the iPhone-centric event in September, will kick off at 10:00 a.m. Eastern Time.
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october 2018 by leolaporte
Apple inks $600M deal to license IP, acquire assets and talent from Dialog to expand chipmaking in Europe | TechCrunch
Dialog says post the acquisition, the remaining part of the business will focus more on IoT, as well as mobile, automotive, computing and storage markets, specifically as a provider of custom and configurable mixed-signal integrated circuit chips.
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october 2018 by leolaporte
Apple Releasing iOS 12.0.1 With Fixes for Wi-Fi 2.4GHz Bug, Lightning Charging Issue [Update: Now Available] - Mac Rumors
iOS 12.0.1 also fixes a major Wi-Fi bug that could cause some iPhone XS devices to prefer to join a 2.4GHz Wi-Fi network rather than a 5GHz Wi-Fi network, resulting in perceived slower Wi-Fi connection speeds. After this update, many users who were stuck with their phones connecting to a 2.4GHz network should see much faster Wi-Fi connection speeds as the devices once again prefer a 5GHz network.
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october 2018 by leolaporte
Intel Announces 9th Gen Core CPUs: Core i9-9900K (8-Core), i7-9700K, & i5-9600K
Leading from the top of the stack is the Core i9-9900K, Intel’s new flagship mainstream processor. This part is eight full cores with hyperthreading, with a base frequency of 3.6 GHz at 95W TDP, and a turbo up to 5.0 GHz on two cores. Memory support is up to dual channel DDR4-2666. The Core i9-9900K builds upon the Core i7-8086K from the 8th Generation product line by adding two more cores, and increasing that 5.0 GHz turbo from one core to two cores. The all-core turbo is 4.7 GHz, so it will be interesting to see what the power consumption is when the processor is fully loaded. The Core i9 family will have the full 2MB of L3 cache per core. 
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october 2018 by leolaporte
Intel Announces Xeon W-3175X: 28-Core Processor for Extreme Workstations
Intel on Monday officially introduced its 28-core processor for extreme workstations that it teased first back in June. The new chip comes with unlocked multiplier and can run at up to 4.3 GHz in burst mode.

The Intel Xeon W-3175X CPU is based on the Skylake/Cascade Lake microarchitecture and is compatible with motherboards featuring Intel’s LGA3647 server-based socket. The CPUs runs at 3.1 GHz stock, but can increase its frequency to 4.3 GHz, it features a six-channel DDR4 memory controller that supports up to 512 GB and a massive 38.5 MB cache. Since the chip uses a new socket, it is naturally not compatible with any motherboards available on the market. Meanwhile, to date, only ASUS and GIGABYTE have confirmed plans to offer mainboards for Intel’s Xeon W-3175X.
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october 2018 by leolaporte
Apple's New Proprietary Software Locks Kill Independent Repair on New MacBook Pros - Motherboard
Apple has introduced software locks that will effectively prevent independent and third-party repair on 2018 MacBook Pro computers, according to internal Apple documents obtained by Motherboard. The new system will render the computer “inoperative” unless a proprietary Apple “system configuration” software is run after parts of the system are replaced.

According to the document, which was distributed to Apple’s Authorized Service Providers late last month, this policy will apply to all Apple computers with the “T2” security chip, which is present in 2018 MacBook Pros as well as the iMac Pro.

The software lock will kick in for any repair which involves replacing a MacBook Pro’s display assembly, logic board, top case (the keyboard, touchpad, and internal housing), and Touch ID board. On iMac Pros, it will kick in if the Logic Board or flash storage are replaced. The computer will only begin functioning again after Apple or a member of one of Apple’s Authorized Service Provider repair program runs diagnostic software called Apple Service Toolkit 2.
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october 2018 by leolaporte
Three US universities now let students use iPhone and Apple Watch as their campus ID card | 9to5Mac
From today, Apple is announcing the first partners for its new contactless ID card features introduced in iOS 12 and watchOS 5. Students at Duke University, University of Alabama and University of Oklahoma, can now add their ID card to the Apple Wallet app on the iPhone and Apple Watch.

By using contactless NFC readers, students can use their digital ID card to access dorms, dining halls, library and the gym. You can also use it to pay for bookstore supplies, laundry usage and restaurant meals.

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Apple has slowly been expanding the capabilities of Apple Wallet beyond contactless payments at retailers. It has expanded to offering Apple Pay on the web, Apple Pay transit cards, store loyalty cards and now, student ID cards.
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october 2018 by leolaporte
Apple wins appeal of $234 million patent dispute with university - The Verge
A federal appeals court has ruled in Apple’s favor in a patent dispute with the University of Wisconsin-Madison. The court ruling, initially spotted by Reuters, said that that Apple didn’t infringe on one of the university’s patents, overturning a prior ruling in the university’s favor that had fined Apple $234 million. Another $272 million was later added to that fine to account for Apple’s continued use of the patent, but that will presumably be thrown out now that the underlying judgment has been reversed.
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september 2018 by leolaporte
No Sex Please, We’re Apple: iPhone Giant Seeks TV Success on Its Own Terms - WSJ
Apple’s entertainment team must walk a line few in Hollywood would consider. Since Mr. Cook spiked “Vital Signs,” Apple has made clear, say producers and agents, that it wants high-quality shows with stars and broad appeal, but it doesn’t want gratuitous sex, profanity or violence.
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september 2018 by leolaporte
‘Minecraft: Education Edition’ comes to iPad, as education features expand to mainstream version of game – GeekWire
At the same time, Microsoft is drawing attention to features initially developed only for Education Edition that have started crossing over to consumer Minecraft. The first is the Chemistry Resource Pack, which was announced for schools in January and uses game-based learning to introduce chemistry concepts. It features a full periodic table and a compounding table, similar to Minecraft’s crafting table.
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august 2018 by leolaporte
2018 iPhone Pre-orders to Take Place on September 14 According to German Carriers - Mac Rumors
Apple typically unveils new iPhones on Tuesdays rather than Wednesdays, but because Tuesday falls on September 11, there has been some speculation that Apple will avoid holding an event on that day.

Back in 2012, when September 11 also fell on a Tuesday, Apple opted to hold its event on Wednesday, September 12 instead, and it's believed Apple will do the same thing this year.

Following the September 14 pre-order date, iPhones will begin delivering to customers the following Friday, September 21, which will probably be the official launch date for the device.
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august 2018 by leolaporte
Netflix, Hulu, Amazon miss out on money as Millennials share passwords
Hill and Magid said 35 percent of millennials share passwords for streaming services. That's compared with 19 percent of Generation X subscribers and 13 percent of Baby Boomers. Take those password-sharing rates, the tens of millions of paying subscribers for various services and the monthly subscription cost of a service like Netflix, and that can add up to hundreds of millions of dollars in potential revenue that streaming companies aren't booking.
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august 2018 by leolaporte
Apple Is Planning a New Low-Cost MacBook, Pro-Focused Mac Mini - Bloomberg
The new laptop will look similar to the current MacBook Air, but will include thinner bezels around the screen. The display, which will remain about 13-inches, will be a higher-resolution "Retina" version that Apple uses on other products, the people said. They asked not to be identified discussing products still in development. Apple spokesman Bill Evans declined to comment.
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august 2018 by leolaporte
Netflix tests a bypass of iTunes billing in 33 markets | TechCrunch
TechCrunch has learned and confirmed that Netflix, in its own words, is “testing the iTunes payment method” in 33 countries. More specifically, Netflix is testing how to bypass iTunes. Until September 30, new or lapsed subscribers in selected markets across Europe, Latin America and Asia will be unable pay using iTunes. They are instead getting redirected to the mobile web version to log payment details directly with Netflix.
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august 2018 by leolaporte
Arm Unveils Client CPU Performance Roadmap Through 2020 - Taking Intel Head On
The A76 being a 2018 product – and we should be hearing more on the first commercial devices on 7nm towards the end of the year and coming months, Deimos is its 2019 successor aiming at more wide-spread 7nm adoption. Hercules is said to be the next iteration of the microarchitecture for 2020 products and the first 5nm implementations. This is as far as Arm is willing to project in the future for today’s disclosure, as the Sophia team is working on the next big microarchitecture push, which I suspect will be the successor to Hercules in 2021.
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august 2018 by leolaporte
PSA: 2018 MacBook Pro “Speaker Crackling” Issue Is Related to the CPU / Apple’s Patch Did Not Fix All CPU-Related Issues : macbookpro
Along with George, fellow audio engineer John Marshall suggests the artifacts could be due to CPU-related deferred procedure call (DPC) latency issues, which are typically only found in Windows-based PCs. In Windows, this can usually be mitigated "by disabling C-States in the BIOS so that the CPU clock is constant." George states, "It's not as often discussed in the Mac world since there aren't really any OS tweaks or driver adjustments in Mac that change DPC performance."
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august 2018 by leolaporte
Apple probed in Japan over anti-competitive behavior - Nikkei Asian Review
The Fair Trade Commission and the industry ministry began receiving reports from Yahoo last fall about issues surrounding its Game Plus platform. The web-based service, launched in July 2017, lets users play games without needing to download apps. For developers, the service features much looser restrictions surrounding sales, fees and software updates than Apple's App Store.
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august 2018 by leolaporte
AP Exclusive: Google tracks your movements, like it or not
For example, Google stores a snapshot of where you are when you merely open its Maps app. Automatic daily weather updates on Android phones pinpoint roughly where you are. And some searches that have nothing to do with location, like “chocolate chip cookies,” or “kids science kits,” pinpoint your precise latitude and longitude — accurate to the square foot — and save it to your Google account.
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august 2018 by leolaporte
Invisible Mouse Clicks Let Hackers Burrow Deep into MacOS | WIRED
Apple responded by patching Wardle's mouse-key hack. But when he later tried testing ways to get around that patch, he stumbled into an even stranger bug. A synthetic click includes both a "down" command and an "up" command, which correlate to clicking a mouse and then releasing it. But Wardle accidentally copied and pasted the wrong snippet of code, so that it performed two down commands instead. When he ran that code, the operating system mysteriously translated the second "down" into an "up," completing the click. And those "down-down" synthetic clicks, Wardle discovered, aren't actually blocked when used to click on an "allow" prompt for installing a kernel extension.
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august 2018 by leolaporte
Apple delays FaceTime group chats from iOS 12 to a ‘future software update’ - The Verge
Apple is delaying its FaceTime group chats feature. While FaceTime group chats were originally scheduled for the iOS 12 release, developer Guilherme Rambo has revealed the feature has been removed in the latest iOS 12 beta 7 release today. “Group FaceTime has been removed from the initial release of iOS 12,” reads a note from Apple to developers, posted by Rambo. Apple says the feature “will ship in a future software update later this fall.”
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august 2018 by leolaporte
Netflix, Amazon Video, and Xfinity are accidentally re-creating cable TV - The Verge
This is a big deal for Amazon, which had previously refrained from partnering with any US pay-TV service to offer Amazon Prime Video. (The full scope of the deal is unclear at this point; neither partner revealed financial terms.) It’s arguably a bigger deal for Comcast, however. The partnership lets it remain relevant by allowing it to at least temporarily bypass the existential terror felt by cable providers in response to cord-cutting, the trend for viewers to shift from traditional cable television to streaming services.
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august 2018 by leolaporte
Why Apple had a secret meeting with app developers in New York to discuss the App Store - INSIDER
The new way Apple wanted to promote: Instead of users paying for apps once, they'd pay on a regular basis, putting money into developer coffers on a regular schedule. Apple would still get a 30% cut of the subscription's cost, but if a customer continued to subscribe after a year, Apple's cut would go down to 15%.

At the meeting, Apple underscored that the app model was changing. The meeting touched on topics including launching, customer acquisition, testing and marketing, engagement, retention, monetization, and paid search ads.

An Apple representative said at the meeting that paid apps represent 15% of total app sales and is on the decline, according to a person who was there who did not want to be identified to maintain their relationship with Apple.
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august 2018 by leolaporte
A digital birth control app blamed for dozens of pregnancies just got FDA approval – VICE News
This is the first time the FDA has allowed a birth control app to market itself as a contraceptive.
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august 2018 by leolaporte
NVIDIA Reveals Next-Gen Turing GPU Architecture: NVIDIA Doubles-Down on Ray Tracing, GDDR6, & More
The marquee feature, at least for NVIDIA’s ProViz crowd, is on hybrid rendering, which combines ray tracing with traditional rasterization to exploit the strengths of both technologies.
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august 2018 by leolaporte
The Pudding
Leo's pick for MBW 8/7
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august 2018 by leolaporte
Microsoft Backtracks, Classic Skype Lives to See Another Day - Thurrott.com
The team says that this change is based on customer feedback but is ambiguous about the future of the platform. This is an awkward backward step for the Skype team as they previously said that Skype 8 had all the functionality that users needed but clearly that is not the case.
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